2014 Ragan Speechwriters Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’m off this month to the 2014 Ragan Speechwriters Conference in Washington DC. It’ll be my fifth conference. As in previous years, I’ll be podcasting interviews with attendees and presenters and grabbing some video with my Flip video camera to post to YouTube.

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Happy New Year — 2014!

PowerPoint Tips

The post Happy New Year — 2014! PowerPoint Tips Multimedia: Music, sound & video Happy New Year 2014 [link]. Did you find this post useful? Get my free ebook "From Death by PowerPoint to Life by PowerPoint." Click here to find out about training to bring your presentations to the next level! appeared first on PowerPoint Tips Blog. Animation & transitions Misc.

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San Francisco Writers Conference 2014

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I spent part of the weekend at the San Francisco Writers Conference which is organized by the irrepressible Mike Larsen and Elizabeth Pomona. I was helping staff the Editorial Freelancers Association booth so did not have time to attend any of the rich offering of sessions.

On Demand: National Speakers Association 2014 Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Here’s a free On Demand archive of certain presentations from the conference. For speechwriters, I highly recommend Nancy Duarte’s talk “Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences” and Giovanni Livera‘s “Storyboarding Workshop” Both are listed in the tab for Monday June 30. The Tuesday presentation by Jay Baer on the “Speaker as Media Company” has […]. Speechwriting

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My 2014 Reading List: 52 Books in 52 Weeks

Speak and Deliver

Earlier, I shared what I read in 2013 , and promised I''d share what I''d be reading in 2014, under my ''52 in 52'' Goal. Drive - Daniel Pink - next one cued up on Audible Audio Programs to Listen or Re-Listen to in 2014 46.

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Ghostwriters/Speechwriters - Best Costumes For Halloween 2014

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Daily, we ghostwriters and speechwriters take on the identity of our brandname clients. Halloween provides the opportunity to live in that fantasy that we are those famous people.    The very best costume requires a partner. We are to dress like Jack and Jackie Kennedy.

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MBA Class of 2014 Returns to Confidence

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 As Melissa Korn reports in The Wall Street Journal, the MBA Class of 2014 are turning down jobs. Tomorrow the job figures are coming out from the Labor Department.  They are expected to be good. There is also another sign of an economic recovery.

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Starting 2014 with 128 speeches in The Eloquent Woman Index

The Eloquent Woman

We celebrated our 100th post , and we''re starting 2014 with a total of 128 famous speeches by women, most with an emphasis on women''s issues.

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Working 2014 - We Are All Temps

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

But, if we are working in 2014, either for an organization or as a self-employed, we are temps. You and I may not be among 2.8 million Americans employed by temporary services agencies.

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The Eloquent Woman's top 10 public speaking posts for 2014

The Eloquent Woman

You''ll see a separate list of our most popular Famous Speech Friday posts for 2014 on Friday. Here''s what you read most in 2014: Talk About the Talk: Caroline Goyder on confident speaking at TEDxBrixton shares the first-person perspective of a speaker I worked with this year.

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The New Losers - July 2014 Versions

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On this July 20, 2014, there are myriad socially adept and/or wealthy human beings who are losers. The New Losers are those who wake up and assume today will be like yesterday.

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Language Of Leadership - 4 Platitudes Never To Use in 2014

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Well, 2014 is turning out not to be the very good year we assumed we deserved. From 9/11 on, we have been struggling with unexpected crisis. We figured we were entitled to a break. Now Ebola is a reality. Our nest egg is threatened with the volatile stock market.

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Q2 2014: 4% GDP Growth Possible

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A colleague lost her well-paying job.  Of course we all grieved with her. But soon enough she as well as the Greek Chorus bounced back from glum to near euphoria.   We recounted the success we are having on the freelance market.

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New Joke Contest — May 2014

Humor Power

entries by May 15, 2014 to HumorPowerTips@HumorPower.com. The next contest will be posted on June 1, 2014. It’s time for our May Joke Contest. Our theme this month is: What to Say to a Naked Person. Some of your lines might be “good” things to say, and some may be “bad” things to say. They will most likely be funny. And the challenge is to keep the lines in good taste. Here are some sample lines, based on the theme, to get you started.

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The New York Times - Journalist Layoffs Likely In December 2014

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"  - Keith Kelly, "Blue Christmas on horizon for Gray Lady with layoffs looming," in New York Post, November 25, 2014.

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Madonna Badger, et al. - Christmas 2014

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

But that doesn't mean that the 2014 holiday season will be a totally joyful one. This is America, where the Disneyfication of life thrived. So, the first impulse is to expect a happy ending, following an ordeal. But that's not how it goes, is it. Yes, Madonna Badger has re-started her business. Last July she eloped with William Duke. In 2011, in a Christmas morning fire in her Stamford, Connecticut home, she lost her three young daughters and her parents.

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2014 Memes: Thought Hackers, Communications Disruptors

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

You will never be invited to present at TED Talks if you're a mere expert.  Instead you had to position and package yourself as a Thought Hacker.  And if you plan to ghostwrite those TED Talk remarks you better reinvent yourself as a Communications Disruptor. 

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Hercules 2014: Smart People Shopped Early

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 Hercules the first super storm of 2014 was just dropping the first inch of so of the foot or more which it could leave on the New Haven, Connecticut Metro area. Jars and jars of peanut butter, white bread and sugary sodas were still on the shelves in grocery stores.

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Book Biz 2014 - Gov. Cuomo, You Need A Top Publicist

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When I do a book proposal, even for a book that will be self-published, I outline the publicity plan. That includes a detailed description of at least three top publicists. Yes, I interview them as part of the proposal process.

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"Well Connected" Is Power Phrase of 2014

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The research on mirror neurons by scientists in Italy confirms that we humans affect each other cell by cell. Sure, technology is a connector force. But there is nothing like one in-person human presence pressing up influentially against another in-person human.

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52 Books in 52 Weeks - 2014 Challenge Wrap-Up

Speak and Deliver

Below is my list of 52 books (which turned into 61 as I added new books along the way) that I set a goal to read and review in 2014. Drive - Daniel Pink - next one cued up on Audible Audio Programs to Listen or Re-Listen to in 2014 46.

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2014's top 10 Famous Speech Friday posts on The Eloquent Woman

The Eloquent Woman

In 2014, we skipped well past 160 famous speeches by women in The Eloquent Woman Index, all from our Famous Speech Friday series. The most-read FSF posts published in 2014 about individual speeches reflect the diversity of our speakers and our readers.

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Best Business Practices 2014 - Raw-boned Lessons from Lee K.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The rub is that the everything is changing in more ways and more often in 2014. After a wildly successful 2013, I hit a wall in the beginning of 2014. That raw-boned experience taught me plenty about how to conduct business in 2014. Everything always changes.

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Life of a Salesman: Free Agents in 2014

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We are all only on assignment.    That's the 21st century meme. The traditional job is vanishing. Maybe we get to still have one of those when we are young. But then we really are only on assignment, with our eye constantly on hustling for the next one.

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"Contagious" - You bet, that's the buzzword for 2014

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Across industries, generations and income levels, the buzzword is "contagious." " In communications we have to seed our clients' communications with that term. Otherwise, the publics they address will assume they are just not in-touch.

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Executive Communications Roared Back In 2014 - TED Talks Might Have Helped

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Everywhere there were help-wanted for ghostwriters and speechwriters just about every week in 2014. Thank you, those of you who used our services in 2014. David Murray posted them on Vital Speeches of the Day. Gotham Ghostwriters and Silicon Valley Speechwriters also carried the ads.

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Famous Speech Friday: Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner at the 2014 UN Climate Summit

The Eloquent Woman

The United Nations Climate Summit has been meeting in New York this week, drawing a slew of celebrities and heads of state. But the UN wanted the voice of a citizen, rather than a high-powered dignitary, to speak at the summit''s opening.

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Selling: Show Class of 2014 how to do that, they will never be without work

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Yet most members of the Class of 2014 are entering a Dickensian type of economy clueless about how to sell themselves to employers, temp agencies and investors for their startups. Parents of the Class of 2014 should forget about gifts like cars and trips to China.

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Q1 2014 GDP - If Arctic Blast Affects Your Organization

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This arctic blast in a summer of supposed recovery is not what organizations expected.   From business to churches most of the leadership had been moving along on the assumption that the worst was over. Then came the Q1 GDP report that the economy had contracted 2.9%.

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Hired Burson-Marsteller on Oct. 10, 2014

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Even before the Ebola crisis at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital worsened, the healthcare facility had hired brandname public relations agency Burson-Marsteller. That was October 10th. Here is coverage of that development in Odwyerpr.com by Greg Hazley.

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Obama 2014 State of Union Address Preview | Public Speaking

TJ Walker Interactive

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March 31, 2014: Snow in Central Connecticut, Hold the Troubles Talk

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This morning the date is March 31, 2014. There seems to be a correlation: The longer the snow season lingers in the high-pressure Northeast the less bearable is listening to Troubles Talk.  Or, come to think of it, any uninvited conversation.

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The Speechwriting Secrets of Jon Favreau

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Favreau gave the opening keynote—Words matter: Storytelling with President Obama in an age of sound bites—at the 2014 Ragan Speechwriters Conference. There’s only 24 hours in a day, which is why President Obama, despite being an accomplished writer and orator, needs help with his speeches.

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Presentation design trends

PowerPoint Tips

This is a guest post by Mike Parkinson. Mike is an internationally recognized visual communication and presentation expert, trainer, and award-winning author. Over the last 22 years, he created thousands of presentations that results in improved success rates for his clients.

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Greening of Northeast Corridor in Winter of 2014: It's the car buried in snow, stupid

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

And that has been the source of total angst and great physical suffering during this 2014 Winter of Discontent. Much of the Northeast Corridor, unlike the midwest, has excellent public transportation.  For example, right outside my building in central Connecticut the D5 bus stops.

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Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: Improve your voice over the holidays

Kate's Voice

Designed to help you stay in the game, this is your weekly tip sheet for having maximum impact with your voice and in all your communication. WHAT YOUR VOICE NEEDS IS A GOOD WORKING VACATION Many of you are planning to take some time off over the next couple of weeks. In fact, some of […].

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Small Business in 2014: Shifting the Sale to a Position of Strength

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Good Pitching in 2014. Confidence in the recovery is palpable among small businesses.  THE WALL STREET JOURNAL puts that into numbers.

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Embedding fonts in a presentation with non-standard fonts

PowerPoint Tips

Are you a font freak? Do you just LOVE interesting fonts? I must admit that I’m a font idiot who can hardly tell the difference between Arial, Tahoma and Verdana, unless they’re right next to each other. Even then, I won’t know which is which.

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5 Surprising Ways to Calm Your Pre-Presentation Jitters

Matt Eventoff

What do Winston Churchill, Warren Buffet and John F. Kennedy have in common? Sure, all three achieved extraordinary success – but all three also suffered from a fear of public speaking. And each one overcame their fears and went on to become gifted speakers.

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Ladies' Home Journal: Icon to end being a monthly July 2014 (35 laid off)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Before there were racy like Cosmo and experimental like Lear's (for the mature woman), there was Ladies' Home Journal. For 131 years it was there, guiding those striving to be middle class (like my mom) how to arrange their space and lives.

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